Hugh Sosebee III, son of winning license plate artist Linda Sosebee, gets Gov. Nathan Deal's autograph on the winning license plate's mockup. Deal announced the winner of the contest to create the new state license plate on Monday. Photo by Bob Andres/Atlanta Journal Constitution
ATLANTA -- Gov. Nathan Deal has announced the winner of Georgia's license plate contest.
Linda Sosebee, of Forsyth created the winning design, w,hich features peaches in the foreground against a backdrop of green hills.
Revenue Commissioner Doug MacGinnitie says more than 500,000 ballots were cast.
The contest ran up against a bit of controversy earlier this summer after confusion arose over whether the motto "In God We Trust" would be on the new car tag.
The public was invited to re-vote on the top eight designs, which were narrowed from 500 entries submitted from across the state. State officials chose the winner from the top three vote-getters.
Georgia drivers can get the new plates next year. People have the option of adding the religious motto to the tag for an additional dollar.